Your mother was right: Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Not only does it give you energy to start a new day, but breakfast is linked to many health benefits, including weight control and improved performance.
Studies show that eating a healthy breakfast (as opposed to the kind containing doughnuts) can help give you
- A more nutritionally complete diet, higher in nutrients, vitamins and minerals
- Improved concentration and performance in the classroom or the boardroom
- More strength and endurance to engage in physical activity
Lower cholesterol levels
Eating breakfast is important for everyone, but is especially so for children and adolescents. According to the American Dietetic Association, children who eat breakfast perform better in the classroom and on the playground, with better concentration, problem-solving skills, and eye-hand coordination.
Eating a healthy protein-rich breakfast can help boost your energy, help you lose weight, improve your immune system and a whole lot more. Why is eating a protein-rich breakfast so important? These are some of the main benefits.
Gives Your Body the Building Blocks It Needs
Your body’s cells are constantly dying or being damaged, then being rebuilt. New cells can either be stronger than old cells, or they can be weaker.
In order for your body to build strong cells, muscles, tissues and tendons, you need proteins. Proteins are your body’s “building blocks.”
Proteins consumed in foods are turned into amino acids, which are then turned into any number of different cells in the body. If you don’t get enough protein, your muscles simply won’t develop to their full potential.
It’s best to get a full dose of protein early in the morning, so your body has the amino acids it needs throughout the day to do its job.
Gives Your Body More Energy
People who don’t get enough protein often feel mildly “out of it” in the early morning. This is caused by an extremely mild case of anemia, not serious enough to be clinically classified as anemia, but the same in principle.
Having enough protein in the morning will help cure this phenomenon. Want to tackle your day with energy, rather than sluggishness? Make sure you get enough protein in your breakfast.
Help Burn Fat
Proteins take your body more energy to digest than carbohydrates, vegetables or fruits. In other words, it burns more calories to digest the food.
In this process, your body also generates more heat. This in turn increases your Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR). Your RMR is basically how many calories you burn throughout the day, without exercise.
People generally underestimate the power of RMR. If you’re consuming 2,000 calories a day and you don’t gain or lose weight, then that means your RMR is burning 2,000 calories a day.
By eating protein early in the morning, you give your RMR a boost right from the beginning of the day. You’ll burn more calories throughout the day, without having to work a single muscle.
Boost Your Immune System
Proteins also help boost your immune system. White blood cells, just like any other cells in your body, need good nutrition to build and rebuild themselves.
Not getting enough protein will weaken your body’s immune system and open your body to all sorts of bacteria and viruses. It’s no secret that malnourished individuals are more likely to get sick. Lack of protein is one key reason.
As you can tell, eating a protein-rich breakfast can really boost both your physical health and how you feel throughout the day. It’s good for you both in the short run and the long run. And best of all, it’s easy!